presented by Heuberger Subaru
Palmer Park will kick off with a shorter time trial on Stage One with a mix of everything this "regional park" has to offer. The park has served as the venue for 24-hour national championships in 2010-11 and many local races for years. Expect a challenging mix of singletrack on grippy sandstone with smooth double track areas intermittently spaced for passing over a 10+ mile loop. You'll accumulate ~1000 ft of gain and descent accumulated with many short punchy ups and downs, a few rowdy locally-renowned rock descents in the park with test your skills while a few "longer" open climbs allow you to test your legs and lungs. And "longer" is relative to Palmer....wait for what we have in store on days to come! Hup hup buttercup!
We will be keeping this course a secret until just several days before the event--we don't want to give the locals too much of an advantage!
Read a bit more and see some photos from SingleTracks about riding in Palmer Park here.
presented by ASSOS USA
50 miles, with 38 miles timed + 5,500 feet of elevation
Day two will start at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post and head up one of the area's most popular dirt climbs, Rampart Range Road. This will be the least technical day of the week as riders head up Rampart Range, take a right down Rainbow Gulch and follow the Rampart Reservoir singletrack counter-clockwise around the lake. Beautiful views of Pikes Peak over the fall colors of the aspens around Rampart Reservoir will make for an amazing autumn ride. The riders will cross the dam on the east side of the lake and continue on the singletrack on the north side before climbing back to Rampart Range Road and heading back to Colorado Springs. Timing ends at the overlook (around mile 39) and riders will coast back down Rampart Range (with amazing views of the Garden of the Gods) to the start line. See details, including a course preview and maps here.
presented by Circa Real Estate Group
**Attention--this stage has been changed. We are now going down New Jones Park trail (701) and NOT Pipeline. Due to some of the rain damage on Pipeline and our inability to do trail work under current regulations, we are changing the downhill trail to be a better experience for all.
38 miles with 33.1 miles timed + 4,980 feet of elevation
Day three leaves from Bear Creek Regional Park just outside of downtown Colorado Springs and then up Gold Camp Road. Riders will roll up this old railroad grade road with tunnels and breathtaking views of Cheyenne Canyon and downtown on the way up to Old Stage Road and Frosty Park. From there it is down New Jones Park Trail (701)--a true Pikes Peak backcountry downhill. The course rolls through Jones Park and down Capt’n Jacks—another popular trail known for its granite scree troughs. Timing ends when Lower Capt’n Jacks hits Gold Camp (around mile 33) and riders can coast back to the start from there. See details, including a course preview and maps here.
presented by LART--Colorado Springs Lodging and Rental Car Tax Fund
22.8 miles with 17.8 miles timed + 3,750 feet of elevation
The final day of the APEX will utilize the same start line and finish line from Stage Three. Enjoy a bit of extra singletrack in Bear Creek before you conquer High Drive, one of the steepest climbs of the event. A quick run down lower Captain Jacks gives riders a breather before crossing Gold Camp and cutting over to the Columbine Trail. A final grunt up Buckhorn and a last time down Captain Jacks will finish of the week of racing. While a bit shorter than Stage Two and Stage Three, don't underestimate this final day--it is a tough one! Maps coming soon.